Haleigh Lyons, a physical therapist with Lake Charles Memorial Health System,
is now a Geriatric Certified Specialist, through the American Board of
Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). According to ABPTS, Lyons is only
the fifth therapist to receive the certification in the state of Louisiana.
Lyons has worked as a physical therapist at Memorial since 2004. She is
also a published author in the International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional
organization representing more than 80,000 members throughout the United
States, established the specialist certification program in 1978.
Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a
broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater
depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice.
Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area
of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding
that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to
the specialized area of practice.
The specialist certification program was established to provide formal
recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge,
experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers
and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.